Local court rules

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There are 58 counties in California. There are California state statutes that set forth the divorce laws that apply to all 58 counties.  There are also “California Rules of Court” that apply to all 58 counties. However, we then have “Local Rules of Court”. County courts have local rules and local procedures that apply just to that county. Every county is like a mini kingdom, with their own local rules and local ways of processing divorce cases. The local rules and procedures constantly change.  Local court rules can be hundreds of pages long. It is impossible for even lawyers to keep up with all the changes to the local court rules for all of the counties. Many divorce lawyers limit their practice to one or two counties because it is difficult to keep up with the local rules for more than one or two counties. We cannot cover in this website all of the local rules and procedures that are unique to each of the 58 counties. We have set forth in this website a description of how to do your own divorce, following procedures that are generally accepted throughout the State of California.  However, don’t be surprised if your county has a local rule that requires you to fill out an extra form, submit additional copies, or follow some other procedure that is unique to that county.  When this happens, the court will let you know what you need to do to comply with their local rules.

We want feedback from the community.  Tell us about your experience with the local rules and procedures for your county.  We will try to take that information and organize it by county so people that use this site in the future can see information from the community about their county’s local procedures.  To send us your feedback, see the “Contact Us” section of this website, which is a sub-topic of the “About Us” section of the website.

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